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Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler is best known to American audiences for “Al Otro Lado del Río,” a strummed and quietly sung Oscar-winning serenade from the 2004 movie The Motorcycle Diaries. A decade later, he dazzled fans of Spanish-language guitar pop with his well-received album Bailar en la Cueva. Drexler, who trained as a doctor, found musical inspiration when he took a break from medical school and hitchhiked through Brazil. His music reflects that visit, often combining pretty bossa nova melodies with Uruguayan ones. On “Bolivia,” Drexler employs busy tango rhythms as he sings praise to the country that took his family in after they fled the Nazis. Read more >>> Jorge Drexler performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Want to try one of the best whiskeys in the world? Bar Otsukare, a pop-up highlighting Japanese spirits, will serve 2013 Yamazaki Sherry Cask at its event at Crane & Turtle tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Japanese whisky was named “World Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible this year. Bar Otsukare will also offer a number of other Japanese whisky brands. No tickets are required. More info about tonight’s pop-up is available on Facebook. Bar Otsukare at Crane & Turtle, 828 Upshur St. NW. (202) 723-2543. craneandturtledc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
New Jersey alt-rock quartet Young Rising Sons visits U Street Music Hall with CRUISR and Hunter Hunted. 8 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Columnist and author Naomi Klein reads from her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and discusses the social implications of the environment at Busboys and Poets in Brookland. 6:30 p.m. at 625 Monroe St. NE. Free.
Cayucas, aka twins Zach and Ben Yudin, plays California indie pop at the Rock & Roll Hotel with Hibou. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
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